Friday, 11 January 2013
The company will have to begin working though a backlog of 80,000 orders when it gets down to business on the 23rd of the month. The watch which comes in at 38g connects to IOS and Android devices thanks to its Bluetooth 4.0. It comes in a waterproof livery and uses e-ink as a display and is expected to sell for $150.
The device is acclaimed as the world’s coolest watch and shows information such as text messages and emails transmitted from phone to watch, it can also be used to change music tracks among a host of other apps. It therefore means people won’t have to look at phone screen and can quickly glance at their watch.
The watch will arrive in a number of colours and is expected to be very popular with bikers and runners, as it allows them to see information when on the go. According to the company the watch’s battery lasts for a week and will drain around 5-10% of battery of a phone’s charge through its linking method of Bluetooth.
Pebble will sell the watch through their site and doesn’t plan to sell through stores. The device is a Kickstarter victor having raised $100,000 in a month online when it arrived on the crowd-funding site. Over its lifespan it has managed to garner over $10m in funding.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
The new Huawei top of the range smart phone has appeared in what is claimed to be all its glory. The new 5 inch device is set to be released at CES 2013 alongside a new Windows8 phone from the company known as the W1.
The photos of the device come from the Chinese version of the FCC, which have shown the device on its website.
The D2 is a minimalist handset that has few buttons and has a camera that bears more than a similarity to the HTC One X at the rear of the phone. However, this is not the most major leap.
The new 5 inch display is a HD one and is set to put the device up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the larger devices in the area such as the HTC Butterfly and Droid DNA. These supersized phones have been etching out a market for themselves and it seems Huawei also wants to make some shapes.
There were a few specs to go with the large screen phone images and it seems that it will weigh a heavy 170g and be 9.9mm thick. It is also expected to pack a 2900 Mah battery. This would be needed to power a screen of this size.
It could be exciting times for the Chinese company if the phone works as well as it looks on the outset.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Tim Cook stated last week that the whole television area was one of interest for Apple. This obviously created interest in Apple entering the market and creating something that would integrate their Apple TV into a set.
Well, it seems that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Apple to follow this interest up according to Morgan Stanley analyst. A survey by their Katy Huberty, which took over 1,500 US heads of household into account, would suggest that it could be quite a successful venture.
Of those surveyed 11 per cent claimed they would be extremely interested in purchasing the sets. This would work out at 13m units in the US when the results are taken to the larger scale. Others also said they were ‘somewhat interested’ in the device and though this is not riveting it does translate to the potential for 43m further units.
The interesting thing is that this 47 per cent is more than those who said they were extremely or somewhat interested in purchasing an iPhone or an iPad before either of these items came out. One of the other interesting things is that of those surveyed, people who owned an Apple device already were around four times more likely to purchase an Apple TV then those who didn’t own a device from the company.
The respondents offered an interesting take on the price too. Over 46 per cent of them would pay over $1000 for a TV with an Apple logo. One in ten would pay over the $2000 mark for a TV of the same vein and on average most would pay around $1060 for the TV. This is around a fifth over the cost of the price of their current TV sets – showing the premium associated with Apple products.
There are three suggestions for the manner in which Apple would sell the TV. The company could become a virtual cable service provider. Secondly, the company may partner with existing businesses and use its own set top box. Finally, the TV set may come bundled with the Apple TV.
There’s been a lot of speculation for a long time about Apple entering the market and what they can add with an Apple TV. This has followed Steve Job’s autobiography, where he said that ‘he’d cracked television’.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
It’s that time of the year again and the rumour mill is heating up with rumours of yet another iPhone – the iPhone 5S.
Supposedly, we may see the iPhone a lot earlier than expected, with a spring 2013 release date on the cards according to some. If we take the Commercial Times – a Chinese newspaper at face value, it seems the new phone will begin production in December, with a release date for Q1 of 2013. However, this seems a bit unlikely to be honest. A more likely suggestion is that it will be released with a new iPad around the start of the summer, with orders for components at their highest around March and April in preparation for the release.
The early release is thought to be down to a fragile part used in the current model. Apple will hope to replace the part in the new phone with a more robust one. According to reports, a large number of Apple phones are not even making it out of the factory in China because the part gives way during the production process.
Phone Review does suggest that the new iPhone will want to clip the heels of the Galaxy S4 and prevent it getting a head start again, like it this summer. They also have mentioned a dual sim iPhone 5, though this remains to be seen of course. Others are even suggesting that Cupertino may move towards a iPhone 6 and skip the 5S altogether.
Whatever happens, it seems things are heating up even as we speak
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Many people could have seen it coming for a while but it seems that the Galaxy SIII, Samsung’s premium range phone has dethroned the iPhone 4S as the bestselling phone for quarter 3 of 2012.
According to Strategy Analytics, the Samsung has managed to shift around 18m copies of its handset during the third quarter of this year, compared to 16.2 from the second latest version of the iPhone. One of the reasons that is attributed towards the iPhone 4S falling off top sport is the arrival of the new iPhone 5, which arrived just at the end of this quarter.
It seems that this arrival cannibalised the sales of the iPhone 4S and saw Samsung take the crown. However, because of this it seems that the iPhone will manage to do the honourable thing and win the crown back in the Christmas quarter of the year. This means Samsung will have to do more than it did in this quarter to take things back and not just be a mere bum warmer for the iPhone 5.
When sales of both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 for the third quarter are added together it seems that the iPhone wins hands down. The 6m sales of iPhone 5 units, when added to iPhone 4S units sees Apple sail into the lead with 22.2m units shifted as opposed to Samsung’s 18. However, it does show a landmark movement in the premium phone’s market away from Apple.